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Hurricane season records are being broken


Currently there are two very powerful hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic and a tropical storm which could be a hurricane soon in the Gulf of Mexico. This year is proving to be extremely active as was forecast and now records have been broken. Here’s some interesting facts about the Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane season of 2010 so far.

  • Hurricane Igor and hurricane Julia were yesterday both Category 4 storms. The last time there was two Category 4 storms in the Atlantic basin at the same time was on the 16th September 1926 when Hurricane #4 and the Great Miami Hurricane were both moving west.
  • Hurricane Julia yesterday become the most intense hurricane ever to be located so far to the east. Generally storms pick up speed once they are further west than Julia.
  • Tropical storm Karl’s formation on the 14th marked the fifth earliest date that an eleventh named storm of the season has formed.
  • We’ve now seen 4 storms reach Category 4 status this season, only two other seasons have had more than that so 2010 is third for really powerful Cat4 plus storms.
  • This season saw the earliest formation of a fourth Category 4 storm ever.
  • We’ve had four Category 4 storms in 20 days which is the shortest period on record for that to happen.

So 2010 is living up to its forecast in every way except in landfalls. By the end of the season we expect more of these records to have been broken. Thankfully weather patterns are conspiring to push storms away from the U.S. coastline, we hope that pattern continues.

Keep up to date with our Atlantic hurricane season tracking page.

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